Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The great outdoors... a foreign world to today's kids. Achenbach ponders why.


Blogger Christiana said...

You know, while it may be true that today's kids don't spend as much time outside as they used to, I dispute his assertion that they have no interest in it.

I've long worked with kids, whether as my actual job or just volunteering to teach Sunday School, but in my experience, most kids can find something to do outside that will not only hold their interest, but will be the subject of conversation for hours afterward.

I remember in particular one afternoon where I demonstrated that lifting up a big flagstone revealed all sorts of interesting bugs and worms. Some were grossed out, but they were all fascinated.

6/02/2005 4:06 PM  
Blogger SpakKadi said...

Oh, I agree that kids love playing outside. When I worked in a nursery, the kids always wanted to play outside. I actually blame adults more for the tendency of kids not to play outside much anymore. We're too afraid to let them play outside on their own while we're busy inside because they might disappear. We don't want them to climb trees 'cause they might fall. We don't want them to play with bugs or frogs or whatever 'cause they're dirty. Achenbach said "Go play outside but watch out for serial killers." But I think it's the adults, not the kids, whose worry makes playing outside un-fun.

6/02/2005 6:55 PM  

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